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Looking to Jesus this Christmas

  During the Christmas season, it is far too easy for our attention to be consumed with the busyness of decorating, gift shopping, menu planning, travel, family traditions, and more. In all these things, we have a great need to pause and intentionally focus our hearts to consider the meaning and miracle of Jesus’ birth. Below are a few ways for you and your fa...

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Immanuel: How God Came to Us (Matthew 1:18

The Promised One

This week we started a new sermon series through Matthew 1-2. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, we look to the way Matthew explained his birth as the “fulfillment” of God’s promises of old. For instance, as Matthew writes, Jesus is Son of Abraham and the Son of David (Matthew 1:1), the “Immanuel” promised in Isaiah 7:14 (Matthew 1:23), th...

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Take Hold of Christ and His Kingdom: 16 Gospel-Motivated Considerations for Election 2016

What do we say to our church in the face of the impending election? In the spirit of 2016, here are six ways we can take hold of God, even as we wrestle with the challenges of this year’s election. May God use these to encourage and challenge your heart. May he be pleased to use them to purify our hope in him and our church’s commitment to the Great Commandmen...

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A Plate Full of Faithfulness: How Food Reveals and Reforms Our Faith

Life Changing Gospel Local Church 2

"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him," is John Piper's famous dictum fusing God's passion to be worshiped and man's passion to be happy. Yet, spoken into our hyper-individualistic culture, this glorious truth might lead some to think glorifying God is an individual's task. In truth, God is glorified as we use our freedom to serve others. We canno...

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A Reformation Day Meditation: The Law, the Gospel, and Martin Luther

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. – Hebrews 13:7 –   On Monday, October 31, the world celebrates Halloween. But Protestants with a sense of history will celebrate the birth of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517 the Augustinian Monk, Martin Luther...

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Finding a Redemptive Rhythm: Communion, Culture and Co-Mission Pt. 2

Life Changing Gospel Local Church 2

Last week we saw the covenantal nature of communion and how the Lord's Table not only creates a thick relationship with Christ but also with one another. This week's sermon furthered that discussion looking at ways we must resist the pulls of demonic-inspired idols. In an applicational message on 1 Corinthians 10:14-22, I argued Communion creates culture-for good or ba...

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The Disciple-Making Church: Teaching Disciples to Obey All Christ Has Said About the Church

Family Worship

In 2001 I took a summer job at the Harris Teeter in Virginia Beach. While on “project” with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), I sought a place to work and witness for three months. Harris Teeter fit the bill, and hiring me they knew I’d return to Michigan in August. That being known, Harris Teeter invested 20 man-hours to train me, like they did every new...

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Care Net's Banquet and 100 Years of Planned Parenthood

Choose Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. ...

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Recapping Occoquan Bible Church's EQUIP Conference

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This past September, Occoquan Bible Church hosted a weekend conference aimed to equip the saints for their works of service. This year’s conference was twofold, considering marriage and evangelism. Typically seen as two silos of Christian discipleship, we learned how marriage displays the gospel and how evangelism powerfully communicated through our homes. Together ...

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Beholding Christ at the Lord's Table: Substitution in the Old Testament

The Lord's Table proclaims to us the death of Christ, and interpreted with our eyes to the Scripture, we are reminded of Christ's precious substitution....

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